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Allen D. Cheadle

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To be effective, health programs must have a strong connection to the communities they are designed to serve. So even though it is often difficult, we should pursue a community-based approach to public health.
Affiliate Professor, Health Services

Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute,
Center for Community Health and Evaluation


PhD   University of California (Berkeley), 1987   (Economics)
BA   Pomona College, 1978   (Economics)

Contact Info

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Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute
Center for Community Health and Evaluation
1730 Minor Ave, Suite 1600
Seattle, WA 98101

voice:   206-287-4391


Allen Cheadle was trained as an economist but has focused most of his research on program evaluations and developing methods of evaluating community-based health-promotion programs. He has worked on the evaluation of several community-based programs in the Western US, including, the Kaiser Family Foundation Community Health Promotion Grants program, and the Minority Youth Health Project in Seattle. he is currently leading the evaluation of Kaiser Permanente Community Health Initiatives. He has evaluated a number of community-based organizations in Seattle, including: International District Housing Alliance, Seattle Youth Involvement Network, and Fremont Public Association. He was the lead for the Community Research Center, a CDC-funded project to assist community-based organizations in grant-writing and evaluation.

Community-based program evaluation

Cheadle A, Cromp D, Krieger JW, Chan N, McNees M, Ross-Viles S, Kellogg R, Rahimian A, MacDougall E. Promoting Policy, Systems, and Environment Change to Prevent Chronic Disease: Lessons Learned From the King County Communities Putting Prevention to Work Initiative. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2016 Jul-Aug;22(4):348-59. doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000313.  PMID: 26214696

Chen R, Cheadle A, Johnson D, Duran B. US trends in receipt of appropriate diabetes clinical and self-care from 2001 to 2010 and racial/ethnic disparities in care. Diabetes Educ. 2014 Nov-Dec;40(6):756-66. doi: 10.1177/0145721714546721. Epub 2014 Aug 20.  PMID: 25142006

Kramer L, Schwartz P, Cheadle A, Rauzon S. Using Photovoice as a Participatory Evaluation Tool in Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiative. Health Promot Pract. 2012 Nov 16. [Epub ahead of print]  PMID: 23159999

Cheadle A, Rauzon S, Spring R, Schwartz PM, Gee S, Gonzalez E, Ravel J, Reilly C, Taylor A, Williamson D. Kaiser Permanente's Community Health Initiative in Northern California: evaluation findings and lessons learned. Am J Health Promot. 2012 Nov-Dec;27(2):e59-68. doi: 10.4278/ajhp.111222-QUAN-462.  PMID: 23113787

Kumanyika S, Brownson RC, Cheadle A. The L.E.A.D. framework: using tools from evidence-based public health to address evidence needs for obesity prevention. Prev Chronic Dis. 2012;9:E125. Epub 2012 Jul 12.  PMID: 22789443    PMCID: PMC3468313
PubMed Central

Chair, capstone for Christina Leal
2016 Farm to Food Pantry Program Evaluation

Southeast Senior Physical Activity Network (SESPAN)

The SESPAN project is using a community organizing strategy to increase physical activity among older adults in Southeast Seattle. A half-time community organizer is networking and forming partnerships with community organizations such as senior housing buildings, Seattle Parks and Recreation, SE Seattle Senior Center, and ethnic community associations. Over 320 contacts were made with 75 organizations during the first year and a half of the project. This networking among organizations led to the creation of a number of potentially sustainable walking and exercise programs that are reaching previously underserved communities within Southeast Seattle. In addition, a major community event led to the establishment of a health coalition that has the potential to continue to generate new broad-based programs and larger scale environmental changes.